Season 5 Episode 16

The Parts in the Sum of the Whole

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 08, 2010 on FOX
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In the 100th episode, Booth and Brennan tell Sweets about a mistake in his book. Sweets is shocked to learn of this mistake, and asks Booth and Brennan to reveal the truth. They agree, and flash back to the first time they worked on a case together. The formation and evolution of their relationship, as well as the relationships of the other Jeffersonian workers, is examined.moreless

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  • Wrong Wrong Wrong!

    The very first thing that I think is a big red flag is Sweets just now being informed that this was their first case. Since he is researching them for his book on THEM, he definitely would have known the Cleo case wasn't their first. Even without ever sharing his manuscript with Brennan and Booth, he would have asked them how they met and about their first case together, especially since he makes references to the Cleo case being their first. Also the first interactions between Booth and Brennan feel all wrong. Brennan is notoriously bad at reading people, yet she was the one that knew the judge was lying because he pinched the bridge of his nose? Really? Also, throughout the show's episodes, Brennan has feigned ignorance when people have commented to her how attractive Booth is and she always seemed more interested in her work and professionalism than trying to sleep with Booth, yet in this episode she basically throws caution to the wind and is very forward with him until the moment comes for them to cross that line. Also, there was a Christmas episode where Caroline makes Brennan kiss Booth and she seemed reluctant to do so and it was awkward at first. In the first few episodes there didn't appear to be a lot of sexual tension between the two characters and Booth seemed like he was in denial for some time about being attracted to none of this makes sense if they actually pawed at each like that when they first met. I also find it hard to believe that Cam was the one that introduced the two of them when they never mentioned this when she became Brennan's boss. I also don't believe this was the start of Hodgin's and Zak's seemed awkward and then by the first episode, it's like they are BFF's. Same with Angela and Brennan. There was also no fight in Booth concerning allowing Brennan go out in the field with him, something he resisted letting her do in the first episode. Also, I felt a lot of the things Brennan says in this episode are very out of character. I was very disappointed in this episode and the multitude of inconsistencies and was hoping throughout the entire episode that it was just a prank they were pulling on Sweets.moreless
  • Conflicted

    It was a great way to show the past - But not a great way to move on to the future.

    I love bones - But this episode although a great case - it ruined my entire perspective on Bones and Booth moving forward - Booth just kissing her out of the blue and then making it up right on the spot - that never happens - It was a disgraceful ending to an otherwise great episodemoreless
  • Bones..

    It's just a wonderful serie!
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  • their point of view

    just watched this episode last night and loved it. so what if its not accurate or true to the characters its booth and brennan telling the story so its not going to be perfect. its how they felt about each other thats improtant and i thought the ending was so heart breaking even tho ive seen the later series.
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Seth Isler

Seth Isler

Judge Myles Hasty

Guest Star

Angela Gibbs

Angela Gibbs

Jocelyn Arrington

Guest Star

Theodore Borders

Theodore Borders

Tucker Henry

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air they search at the end is actually a 1957. The door shot, the dash, the chrome strip on top of the rear fender all say 1957.

    • Nitpick: In the story Dr. Brennan and Booth told Sweets it appeared that Dr. Saroyan knew Dr. Brennan in the past. In fact, Dr. Saroyan encouraged Booth in seeking Dr. Brennan's expertise for help with the case. However, in episode 2x01 "The Titan on the Tracks" Booth clearly introduces both ladies, and they deny knowing each other.

    • This episode explains how Dr. Brennan determined Booth was a descendant of John Wilkes Booth, infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln. Booth's relationship to this man was mentioned in 5x12 "The Proof in the Pudding."

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Bones: Well, my people should look at it.
      Booth: Why?
      Bones: Because we're smarter than you.
      FBI Tech: I beg your pardon?
      Bones: Oh, please, do you really think the best and brightest go into law enforcement? No, the best and brightest go to the Jeffersonian.

    • Caroline: I have let a pretty face lead me down the path of unrighteousness. Yours, for example.
      Booth: Well, it's not like that.
      Caroline: Of course it is. Watching you two together is like being at prom. But it's not high school now, Booth. It's grown-up time. The beautiful scientist, is fired. She just doesn't know it yet.

    • (in the past)
      Booth: Do you believe in fate?
      Bones: Absolutely not. Ludicrous.
      (in the present day)
      Bones: I still don't.
      Booth: And I still do.

    • Cam: You fired the Jeffersonian Institution?
      Booth: (handing Cam a file) Uh, I don't know what any of this stuff means. Yeah, Caroline made me.

    • Zack: You can take the clothing and leave now!
      Hodgins: (to Zack) Yeah? You can take that femur and shove it-
      Brennan: Doctor Hodgins!

    • (in the past)
      Brennan: (as Booth leads her out of a conference room by her arm) Let go of me!
      Booth: (very stern) I will if you would just- (Brennan slaps him across the face) Ow! What the hell?!
      Brennan: You are a bully! You- you grab my arm just like the judge, you use your badge and your gun to intimidate people!
      Booth: Really? The way you use your brain to make people around you feel stupid!
      Brennan: Well you are a stupid man! I hate you!
      Booth: Oh, you hate me? What are you ten years old? I'm not your dad!
      Brennan: I will never work with you again!
      Booth: Who asked you?! (Brennan storms off)

    • (in the past)
      Brennan: I find I'm annoyed with you.
      Booth: Why because I fired you and hired you back? It's the Federal Government.
      Brennan: No, because you got me drunk to fire me and then have sex with me.
      Booth: Whoa, no. I got myself drunk so I could fire you and you decided not to have sex with me which I accepted, gracefully. So, you regretting that decision?
      Brennan: No, I'm not. It was a very good decision. I stand by it.
      Booth: What's going on, Bones?
      Brennan: Do not call me 'Bones'.

    • Sweets: You kissed?
      Booth: Yes.
      Brennan: There was tongue contact.
      Sweets: (frustrated, falling back into his chair) My book is crap!

    • (in the past)
      Booth: I have a gambling problem. But I'm dealing with it.
      Brennan: Why did you feel you had to tell me that?
      Booth: You know, I just feel like, um ... this is going somewhere.
      Brennan: Why did you feel like this is going somewhere?
      Booth: Uh, I just, I feel like I'm gonna kiss you. (they kiss)

    • (in the past)
      Booth: I got something to confess.
      Brennan: Well, is it the fact that you're a direct descendant of John Wilkes Booth? I already know that.
      Booth: Wait- wait a second, how do you know that?
      Brennan: From your bone structure.
      Booth: Ju- just keep that, um, under your hat, okay? For now, all right?
      Brennan: (chuckles) Okay.

    • (in the past)
      Zack: (about to get hit by a baseball bat) Why are you the deliverer of the blow while I am the recipient?
      Hodgins: Because you grunted when you picked up the bat.

    • (in the past)
      Bones: Even though my time and expertise are extremely valuable I ... accept your decision to test my abilities. Obviously, I passed with a lot of color.
      Booth: Pardon me?
      Bones: It means I did very well.
      Booth: Oh, right. You, um ... flying colors. You- you passed with flying colors.
      Bones: Yes, I know.

    • (in the past)
      Bones: Can I come in and watch you broil the suspect?
      Booth: Yeah well you know, I could broil but I think you mean grill.

    • (in the past)
      Bones: Are you seeing anyone?
      Booth: Wow, right to the point there, huh Bones? Um, casually, but she doesn't really like my hours. You?
      Bones: Well a, physicist has been asking me out. So I was, thinking of saying yes.
      Booth: I'd ask you out if I could.
      Bones: Why can't you?
      Booth: Well, FBI rules again. No fraternizing with other agents or consultants.
      Bones: That's too bad.
      Booth: Glad you think so.

    • (in the past)
      Booth: You really need to learn how to speak to human beings.
      Bones: I speak six languages. Two of which you've never even heard of.
      Booth: You know what? You're a cold fish.
      Bones: You're a superstitious moron.
      Booth: Get a soul!
      Bones: Get a brain!

    • Brennan: (after telling Booth she can't be in a relationship with him) Can we still work together?
      Booth: (pauses) Yeah.
      Brennan: Thank you.
      Booth: But I gotta move on. You know, I gotta find someone who's, who's gonna love me in ... thirty years, or forty or fifty.
      Brennan: I know. (They walk off together, and Brennan puts her head on Booth's shoulder.)

    • Booth: J- just give it [us] a chance, that's all I'm asking!
      Brennan: No, you said it yourself: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome!
      Booth: Well then let's go for a different outcome here, all right? Let's just, hear me out alright? You know when you talk to older couples who, have been in love for thirty or forty or fifty years alright? It's always the guy who says "I knew." ... I knew, right from the beginning.
      Brennan: Your evidence is anecdotal.
      Booth: I'm that guy. Bones, I'm that guy, I know.
      Brennan: (crying) I- I am not a gambler. I'm a scientist. I can't change. I don't know how ... I don't know how.

    • (in the past)
      Brennan: We got fired.
      Hodgins: A 56 Bel Air-
      Brennan: What?
      Angela: What?
      Hodgins: What?
      Angela: You got fired? Wh- is this because you slept with Booth?
      Brennan: What, I didn't sleep with Booth, why- why did you say that?
      Hodgins: Tequila vapors.
      Zack: (clueless) What is happening?
      Brennan: I got us fired because I, punched a judge in the schnoz.

    • Booth: Look, I want to give this a shot.
      Brennan: You mean us? No, the FBI won't let us work together as a couple-
      Booth: Don't do that, that is no reason ... (kisses Brennan)
      Brennan: (pushing Booth away) No! No!
      Booth: Why? Why?
      Brennan: You- you thought you were protecting me, but you're the one who needs protecting.
      Booth: Protecting? From what?
      Brennan: From me. I ... I don't have your kind of open heart.

    • (in the past)
      Angela: Wow, this place is huge!
      Brennan: Angela, this is my assistant Zack Addy. Zack, this is my friend Angela Montenegro.
      Angela: Hey, it's Jimmy Neutron, huh? Boy scientist?
      Zack: I don't know what that means.
      Brennan: Neither do I.

    • (in the past)
      Booth: I gotta tell ya, I really am enjoying working with you Bones.
      Brennan: Bones is not my name.
      Booth: It's just a nickname.
      Brennan: Oh, yes, I see. I could call you Shoes.
      Booth: Shoes? Why Shoes?
      Brennan: Yes because they are, so very shiny.

    • (in the past)
      Hodgins: What are you doing?
      Zack: We are identifying a murder victim.
      Hodgins: From this century? (Brennan nods)
      Hodgins: I'm taking the clothing.
      Brennan: Dr. Hodgins, I have asked you before not to be so unpleasant.
      Hodgins: Please? I'm taking the clothing.
      Zack: Why? You are a botanist.
      Hodgins: Yeah, and a mineralogist and an entomologist. Which gives me the same numbers of doctorates as the two of you put together ... because you don't have any!

    • (in the past)
      Booth: Forensics don't solve crimes. Cops do.
      Cam: Same activity, same results.
      (Booth turns around to leave) Speaking of which, you look like you've been up all night?
      Booth: I'm fine.
      Cam: Meaning you won?

    • (in the past)
      Brennan: (running to the cab) We are not spending the night together.
      Booth: Course we are ... why?
      Brennan: Tequila.
      Booth: Hey ho- ho- ho- hold the cab, hold the cab. Hey! (runs to the cab; to Brennan) So you're afraid that when I look at you in the morning I'll have regrets?
      Brennan: That would never happen.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the second episode directed by David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth). He previously directed "The Bones That Foam."

    • Featured Music:
      "Mmm" by Laura Izibor (the song "Gemma Arrington" sings on the video tape Booth shows Bones in the past)
      "One Beats Three" by Bear Lake (in the past when Booth and Brennan go out for drinks)

    • David Boreanaz's father Dave has an uncredited cameo appearance in this episode. He appears about one-third of the way into the episode, in the first few seconds of the scene at Booth's work, where Booth tells Brennan that he brought in Gemma Arrington's boyfriend in to interrogate. In the scene, the elder Dave is the man who slaps a document onto a photocopier, then grabs it back and walks in front of Booth and Brennan as they enter the scene.

      David Boreanaz appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the Tuesday before this episode aired, and the aforementioned clip of his father was shown. When the episode aired on Fox though, a different version of the clip was seen. In the live broadcast scene, David's father left the document on the photocopier as he walked away, and his face was never revealed. The scene was altered again when the episode appeared on the Internet, reverting to the original version as shown on The Tonight Show.

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 7th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: April 15th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: April 25th, 2010 on Channel Seven
      Latin America: April 28th, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: May 14th, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: May 16th, 2010 on TV3
      India: September 29th, 2010 on Star World
      Norway: October 7th, 2010 on TV3
      Slovakia: December 8th, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: December 11th, 2010 on Sub
      Germany: March 17th, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 10th, 2011 on Prima


    • "Nothing happens unless first a dream.." Carl Sandburg

      This quote appears on a wall as Booth and Brennan are walking out of Sweet's building after talking to him (near the end of the episode). The quote is an allusion to the season four finale "The End in the Beginning," where Booth was in a coma and dreamt that he was married to Bones.